- Eat organic as much as possible. Produce and meat that is not grown organically contain pesticides. Think about it this way, pesticides are sprayed and fed to produce to keep away or kill living organisms. Now why would you want that in your body? Check out the EWG’s guide to produce to find out the most contaminated fruits and vegetables. From there you’ll be able to asses which to buy organic and which are okay to buy non-organic.
- Go to bed at 10:00 p.m. Between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. your body starts to regenerate. If you are not sleeping during these hours, your body could start to feel tired the next day even if you have gotten the right amount of sleep.
- Drink lots of purified water throughout the day. They say that you should take your weight, divide it by two, and the number you get should be the amount in ounces you should drink each day. If you can’t do that, try to work up to it, keeping a bottle of water with you at all times. Benefits of drinking more water include alertness, healthier skin, and even weight loss.
- Make yourself smile at least once a day (even if you don’t feel like it). If you make yourself smile, by the end of the day you’ll be smiling naturally. You may even turn your smile into a bit of laughter.
- Make sure you have a good laugh every day. It will improve your mood and will also provide a good abdominal workout!
- Get up and move around at least once an hour. Most people these days have very sedentary jobs/lives. This is bad for you even if you exercise regularly. Try to interrupt sitting as much as possible by going outside to take a breath of fresh air, walking over to a colleague, filling up your water in the kitchen.
- Cut down on sugar and white flour. You’ll find that you have more energy and your move could even be significantly boosted. White flour has no real health benefits and when you consume them, your body just senses empty calories. Instead, replace with whole grains. As for sugar, it is really a drug, which is why some people are addicted to candies and chocolate.
- Wear a sleeping mask at night. This will help to keep out as much light as possible. Light disturbs sleep and in order to perform optimally, the body needs a good rest.
- Don’t go to bed mad. This will also disturb your sleep.
- Do something nice for somebody else. When you do, it will not only raise your levels of serotonin and the levels for the recipient of the good deed, it will also raise the serotonin levels of those who witness the deed.
Bonus Tip: Pet a dog whenever you can. This will increase your serotonin levels. Also dogs are known to have a calming effect on us.
*Habits take 21 days to form. Don’t try to make too many changes too quickly. Pick a few and try to incorporate them into an overall healthier lifestyle.
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